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Animal Studies

HND Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

  • Course Type: Higher National Diploma
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Canine Hydrotherapists
Animal Technicians
Aviculturists
Kennels and Cattery Workers
Zoo Keepers
Conservationists
Animal Welfare Assistant
Pet Store Manager
Animal Trainer / Behaviourist

Who is it for?

The Animal Management sector is evolving and expanding constantly and therefore requires an adaptable and knowledgeable workforce to meet these changes. This course will provide you with a solid in-depth introduction to animal welfare and management, to meet employer demands in such a competitive industry.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, independent research, visits, field work and through work-related experiences on the programme.

An in-depth, independent research project will form 25% of your final year of study in which you will need to investigate, analyse and report on a set theme relating to animal behaviour and welfare.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in trips to zoos, wildlife parks, animal shelters, natural history museums and an opportunity to visit South Africa (subject to additional costs).

The optional trip to South Africa in the second year* will give students the opportunity to visit and take part in field studies monitoring populations of animals in reserves such as lions, wild dogs, buffalo and rhino.

Throughout the course you will meet industry specialists including Reptile Specialists, Aviculturists, Zoo Keepers, Boarding Establishment Owners, Ecologists and Vets.

At the Stamford campus, you will have access to a range of species housed in the on-site Animal Studies Unit and develop necessary skills in animal management and husbandry. The Animal Studies Unit includes a range of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, as well as a bespoke nocturnal room and a large outside area housing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, marmosets and meerkats.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Animal Health and Welfare (15 credits)
  • Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Project (15 credits)
  • Animal Behaviour in Society (15 credits)
  • Animal Husbandry (15 credits)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Animal Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Animal Nursing (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Biological Principles (15 credits)
  • Anthrozoology (15 credits)
  • Evolution and Adaptations (15 credits)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (15 credits)
  • Wildlife Conservation (15 credits)
  • Work Experience (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You must meet the following entry requirements:

5 GCSE grades C/4 or above, including English, Maths and Science and 64 UCAS points, which should be from a related subject in one of the following:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • Related work experience
  • Overseas qualifications are judged to be equivalent to the above

Students who do not qualify by any o these qualifications may be offered an interview to discuss equivelant qualifications and previous experience.
We accept A Level General Studies and AS levels when combined with other full qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS score of 6.0 or above or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

Course information
Ucas Code
D300
Location
Stamford
Start Date
September
Fees
Full-time: £7,500 per yearPart-time: £3,750 per yearThere may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.
Duration

Full-time: 2 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Validated by
Pearson Edexcel
Tariff points
64
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